It has been an absolutely glorious week of sunshine here in central Scotland - clear blue skies, searing sunshine. All the flowers that I had been worrying about burst into bloom at once.
This weekend I have been arranging flowers for a wedding up at Kinlochard - at a marquee in the grounds of Altskieth House.
I dropped off the last of the flowers before lunch, just as they were taking the sides off the marquee and moving all the chairs outside. Bliss.
Of course I should have realised that it would be fabulous hot weather - it always happens when I am decorating a marquee with globes of flowers. Flower globes need to be put in place early - before the tables - so that means that they are hanging for 24 hours (at least) before the event.
They are hoisted up to the hottest part of the marquee and flowers are arranged at unnatural angles. Of all arrangements flower globes are the most precarious that I do. I live in fear of them wizening and wilting in the heat
However - when I went over to check this morning, there they were, fresh as a daisy - not a single wilted stem
The globes are lady's mantle; box; cow parsley; sweet rocket; and allium christophii. I love the way that they go so well with the paper globe lampshades.
It really is a testament to how resilient garden flowers are - if picked and conditioned correctly - some people vere away from using the flowers in their gardens, supposing that they will not last like imported florist shop flowers but really that isn't true.
The bride's bouquet was a cool elegant mix of Cerinthe, Dicentra, Budding hosta flowers and Duchesse de Nemours paeonies.
The corsages and buttonholes subtle shades of green, cream and purple with salvia, siculum, sea holly and eucalyptus.
Table centres were simply apple mint in plain creamware pots.
Cool, simple, fresh, just what you need on a bright sweltering day.